Spring is around the corner. Have you made spring break plans? The Ely Folk School is gearing up to host a week of youth classes in April. Please help spread the word and consider buying a gift certificate for someone you know to take a class. Most classes are for ages 8-18, or younger children accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Banana Bread! with Garden and Positive Produce Club at VCC – April 3 @ 2pm | $10
Playing to Create Story with John Kopp – April 5 @ 9:30 | $25
Kids Makers Morning – April 6 @ 9:30am | FREE
Spring Haiku Cards with Cecilia Rolando – April 6 @ 2pm | $30
Mini Card Weaving with Nora Rickey – April 7 @ 1pm | $30
Learn Through Coloring: Boiling Maple Sap with EFS Staff – April 7 @ 4pm | $10

Also in April, EFS Instructors will come to town for the first Instructors Retreat weekend, April 8-10. The retreat includes time to socialize along with educational workshops and time to experience other crafts. You can register here!

We hope you will take advantage of the Ely Folk School’s many new offerings!

Alexia Springer, Media

Student Spotlight: Ian Lah
Class: Date Night Pottery

What did you make in your most recent class?
I made a punk mug with cut clay. 

Who was your instructor?
Nina Wray.

Have you taken any other Ely Folk School classes before?
I took Cecilia’s collage class. 

Why did you sign up for this class?
My husband and I were looking for a way to have a creative night out. He saw an ad for this so we signed up. It was the best experience to try something that neither of us are great at. 

What is one piece of advice you have for future students?
Don’t be afraid to fail wonderfully. 


Anishinaabe Foods Potluck

Wednesday, March 23, 2022
5:30 PM
Join us prior to our final Anishinaabe Storytelling Evening of 2022 for a community potluck!

True to the spirit of the event, dishes should feature traditional Anishinaabe ingredients. Reach out to EFS if you’d like to bring a dish and want recipe ideas!

Anishinaabe Story Telling

Wednesday, March 23, 2022
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Pay at the door
$10 per individual; $15 per family
Free for Ojibwe Band Members

Join us as Muriel Deegan, Bois Forte Elder, shares winter Anishinaabe stories. Muriel, who is a traditional Anishinaabe woman, celebrates her culture in the sweat lodge, pipe ceremonies, and spirituality. In Ojibwe culture, winter is storytelling season. We look forward to welcoming you into our space to share in this tradition! 

Kids Makers Morning

April 6  |  9:30am – 12:30pm
Free


Ages 8-18, or younger children accompanied by a parent or guardian. Drop in whenever for as long as you like. 

Staff member Alexia Springer will be present to facilitate a fun, kid-friendly craft project in case you don’t have anything to work on and still want to create.

Makers Morning

Thursdays  |  9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Join other makers and crafters weekly for a relaxed morning of creativity and sharing. Whether you crochet, quilt, solder, write, or weave, any project is welcome. 

March Class List

Irish Tatted Lace with Nora Rickey 
  March 17 at 4:00 pm – $51

Stained Glass Studio with Betty Firth
  Mondays, March 21, 28 & April 4 at 2:00 pm – $148

Lidded Vessels Workshop with Wade Pharr
  March 22 & 23 at 6:00 pm – $80

Anishinaabe Storytelling Potluck
  March 23 at 5:30 pm – FREE

Anishinaabe Storytelling with Muriel Deegan
  March 23 at 7:00 pm –  $10/person; $15/family; Free for Band Members

Anishinaabe Storytelling: Live Online with Muriel Deegan
  March 23 at 7:00 pm – $15

Needle Felt a Hummingbird: Live Online with Laura Berlage
  March 24 at 1:00 pm – $76

Unlocking the Night Sky with Bob King
March 25 at 7:30pm – $30

The Maasepän Puukko Knife with Paige May 

April Class List

Banana Bread with Garden and Positive Produce Club at VCC
  April 3 at 2:00 pm – $10

Game Night with Charlie Cecil
  April 4 at 6:00 pm – FREE

Playing to Create a Story with John Kopp
  April 5 at 9:30 am – $25

Spring Haiku Cards with Cecilia Rolando
  April 6 at 2:00 pm – $30

Needle Felt an Easter Egg: Live Online with Laura Berlage
  April 7 at 1:00 pm – $81

Mini Card Weaving with Nora Rickey
  April 7 at 1:00 pm – $30

Learn Through Coloring: Boiling Maple Sap with EFS Staff
  April 7 at 4:00 pm – $10 

Slovenian Walnut Potica with Lacey Squier
  April 10 at 1:00 pm *Sliding Scale Tuition

Slovenian Walnut Potica: Live Online with Lacey Squier
  April 10 at 1:00 pm –  $42

Nature Writing for Women: Welcome Spring: Live Online with DyAnne Korda
  April 23 at 10:00 am – $25

Spring Mushroom Foraging with Mason Weickert
  April 28 at 6:00 pm – $20

Hammer & Tongs & More: Making Basic Tools with the Forging Community
  April 29 & 30 – $145

Birding by Ear with Steve Engel
  April 30 at 7:00 am – $20

May Class List

Introduction to Clay Work with Wade Pharr
  Tuesdays & Thursdays May 3-31 – 6:00 pm – $345

Lace a Northwoods Chair with Peta Barrett
   May 5-7 at 9:00 am – $405

Mother’s Day Charcuterie Board:Live Online with Ashlyn Friend
  May 5 at 5:00 pm – $30

Birding by Ear with Steve Engel 
  May 7 at 7:00 am – $20

Woodblock Carving 101 with Jessie Merriam
  May 7 at 1:00 pm – $56

Birding by Ear with Steve Engel 
  May 14 at 7:00 am – $20

Cast Iron 101 with Mason Weikert
  May 18 at 6:00 pm

Houseplant Swap and Repotting Social
  May 19 at 5:30 pm – $5-10 recommended

Birding by Ear with Steve Engel 
  May 21 at 7:00 am – $20

Hammer & Tongs & More: Making Basic Tools with the Forging Community
  May 27 & 28 – $145


Volunteer at the Ely Folk School

The Ely Folk School is a well known local institution. Volunteerism can help you build new social connections, as well as provide an opportunity for you to give back to our Ely area community. 

Here are a few ways you could help:

  • Class host
  • Home-stay host
  • Support our marketing efforts
  • Event planning & hosting
  • Farmers market representative 
  • Enhance the bottom line with your time
  • Help keep our facilities clean

Learn more!
Contact Nora Rickey at nora@elyfolkschool.org 


The Ely Folk School is made possible by: Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, Donald G. Gardner Humanities Trust, Lake Country Power, Minnesota State Arts Board, Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment, and Rotary International.